constitution

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on constitution, generation, change, and nation

No society can make a perpetual Constitution...  The Earth belongs always to the living generation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Wall Street Journal, Thursday, October 11, 2007

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A Quote by Herbert Clark Hoover on freedom, liberty, media, press, freedom of speech, first amendment, constitution, rights, and america

Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874 - 1964)

Source: Herbert Clark Hoover (US President, 1929-1933)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on constitution, good, laws, names, nature, and sacred

No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this. The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Zacharia Johnson on argument, constitution, oppression, people, persecution, possessions, religion, and weapons

Zacharia Johnson argued that the new Constitution could never result in religious persecution or other oppression because: The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.

Zacharia Johnson

Source: 1788, During Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution

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A Quote by William Tyler Page on adoption, america, belief, constitution, country, democracy, duty, enemies, equality, fortune, freedom, government, humanity, justice, laws, life, love, nations, people, principles, respect, sacrifice, and support

The American's Creed adopted by the House of Representatives, April 3, 1918 I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom; equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend if against all enemies.

William Tyler Page (1868 - 1942)

Source: The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed

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A Quote by William Tyler Page on constitution, faith, independence, politics, principles, and traditions

Referring to the Creed, Page said: It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders. His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster's reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.

William Tyler Page (1868 - 1942)

Source: The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed

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A Quote by William Howard Taft on civilization, constitution, growth, individuality, and liberty

Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

William Taft (1857 - 1930)

Source: Popular Government, 1913

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A Quote by William Rawle on blindness, congress, constitution, people, power, and prohibition

The prohibition is general. No clause in the constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.

William Rawle (1759 - 1837)

Source: A View of the Constitution of the United States of America (1829), constitutional law textbook

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on constitution and genius

I invoke the genius of the constitution.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, November 18, 1777

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A Quote by William Penn on art, body, company, constitution, garden, good, idleness, mind, nature, profit, variety, and work

A Garden, an Elaboratory, a Work-house, Improvements and Breeding, are pleasant and Profitable Diversions to the Idle and Ingenious: For here they miss Ill Company, and converse with Nature and Art; whose Variety are equally grateful and instructing; and preserve a good Constitution of Body and Mind.

William Penn (1644 - 1718)

Source: Some Fruits of Solitude In Reflections And Maxims, 1682

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